Group linked to NSA spy leaks threatens sale of new tech secrets

Posted May 20, 2017

It is believed that hacking tools that belong to the NSA were leaked online and were used to build into WannaCry ransomware, also known as WannaCrypt, which has ensnared up to 300,000 computers in more than 150 countries. These tools were dumped by the Shadow Brokers last month after a failed attempt to auction off the exploits.

The Shadow Brokers, fresh off its enabling of the WannaCry ransomware, is teasing many more exploits, including some that might end in the nuclear-heat death of the human race. The group is also promising that June will be the data dump month.

The data dumps will include exploits for web browsers, routers, compromised network data from SWIFT providers and central banks, and compromised network data from Russian, Chinese, Iranian, or North Korean nukes and missile programs.

Given that the Wannacry attack has already proven the potency of the materials in their possession, it is rather alarming to consider what could be contained in their next set of leaks, especially if they actually have information regarding the nuclear programs of countries.

Subscribing to the service "is being like wine of month club" (sic), the group writes.

To bring you up to speed, this hacking group was the first to publicly reveal information of the WannaCry ransomware malware, but it looks like they have another agenda in mind as far as releasing 0-day bugs and exploits go. The gang says that potential buyers would have to pay the subscription fee the data is locked behind but, other than that, practically everyone could buy it and used it for whatever purposes, terrorist organizations included.

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The post explains Shadow Brokers main motivation in its activities as a competition of sorts, pitting itself against the NSA. This data dump is also said to carrying information on banks using the SWIFT worldwide money transfer network.

In a blog post written in its trademark broken English, the group said it has more so-called Ops Disks, which it says were also stolen from the NSA.

"If one of our targets discovered we were using this particular exploit and turned it against the United States, the entire Department of Defense would be vulnerable", the second employee said.

The Shadow Brokers leaked ETERNALBLUE in April 2017, as part of a larger data trove they started advertising in August 2016. It also alleges that Microsoft colluding with The Equation Group - "the Microsoft is being BFF with the equation group" - the NSA's hacking group, and that the NSA has spies inside of Microsoft and other top US technology companies.

The group claims that a screenshot it posted in January alerted the Equation Group that it had access to the EternalBlue exploit, and that this was responsible for Microsoft missing a security update in February.